Shawnee grad Quatman takes over Indians’ soccer


First Posted: 8/22/2014

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Ryan Quatman was a driving force on the Shawnee soccer team that advanced to the state semifinals in 2001.

Now he wants his team to know that same excitement of reaching the state.

Quatman, a 2002 Shawnee High School grad, takes over the Shawnee boys soccer program this season. He spent the last five years as an assistant coach under legendary Shawnee coach Dick Hagen.

Hagen stepped down after last season after compiling a record of 330-141-60 in 28 seasons, all at Shawnee.

In the preseason Quatman took his team into Shawnee’s Lappin Gymnasium and pointed out the championship years on the banners.

“That’s what I want them to achieve,” Quatman said. “It was great for me, but it’s not about me anymore. I want them to talk about it and want them to get to the next stop.

“We went to the gym and talked about how you could leave your mark. There are grandpas who can point to those banners and tell their grandkids all about it. We talked of making your mark.”

Quatman said he gained plenty from both playing and coaching under the retired Hagen and his retired assistants Chuck LaGrande and Mike Mox.

“He couldn’t be rattled,” Quatman said of Hagen. “His experience was invaluable. As a player, you see your coach is solid and you pick up on that. And I think players are a reflection of their coach. We’d be down and he wouldn’t be excited. … If we were down early in the game, it was still, play your system. He was never going to hoot and holler.”

Quatman was a two-way midfielder who helped the Indians to their only state appearance in soccer. After graduation, he went on to play club soccer at Ohio University. It was during that time when Quatman began thinking of coaching.

“It was a club, but the players ran everything,” he said. “We elected our own officers and had a player-coach. We did everything ourselves, including book hotels. I got into that and liked that part of it. … It was probably my junior or senior year of college that I knew I was probably going to go this route (teaching/coaching).”

This year’s team returns six lettermen and two starters from a team that finished 8-6-2 and reached the district semifinals last year.

Quatman plans to keep Hagen’s flat-back four defense, which became one of the Shawnee standards over the years.

“We’ll still run the flat-back four,” Quatman said. “We’re running a different system, but the back line is very similar. But we’re asking them to push up a little bit.”

Of the six returnees, five have experience in the midfield. That will allow Quatman to do multiple things, offensively.

“We’ll start with one forward and work the ball up the field. We do a nice job of possessing the ball,” Quatman said. “We’ll have to outsmart them and will use three or four midfielders.”

Quatman said his plan is for his team to attack in different ways. It will go down the middle, when given the opportunity, as well as attacking the corners and crossing into the box.

“It really depends,” Quatman said. “We’ll try to teach them to read the game and see what they are giving you. We want to read and make the best decisions.”

Quatman fully realizes he’s inherited a successful program. The key is to keep things rolling in the right direction.

“There’s a tradition,” Quatman said. “We have a wonderful program on a silver platter. It’s almost like handling fine china. But now we have to move it. … I’m invested with this to the core. This is my alma mater.”

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WESTERN BUCKEYE LEAGUE

TEAM: BATH

DIVISION: II

COACH: Wes Mason

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3, 23-12-2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 10-7-1 (4-4-1 WBL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Austin Ricker (Sr., MF); *Tyler Stahr (Sr., D); *Trey Burnett (Soph., MF); *Logan Ambrister (Sr., F); *Shawn Jordan (Jr., D); *Kyle Spragg (Sr., MF); *Brayton VanVorce (Sr., D); Zac States (Soph., MF); Andrew Reynolds (Soph., D).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Levi Morman (Sr., F); Jordan Sellers (Soph., F); Joey Sexton (Soph., GK); Isiah Frazier (Sr., F); Jacob Naylor (Soph., MF); Kenton Manley (Soph., MF); Joey McConnell (Sr., F).

OVERVIEW: Bath returns seven starters, including three defenders. There’s also second team all-WBL midfielder Ricker. The Wildcats will count on their decision making and solid fundamentals to help overcome a lack of size.

TEAM: CELINA

DIVISION: II

COACH: Ryan Jenkins

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 6, 43-33-11

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 9-6-3

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Eddie Eichler (Sr., D); *Ross Flaute (Sr., D); *Eric Moeder (Sr., MF); *Ryan Hoyng (Sr., F); Cortland Elking (Sr., MF); Hank Thobe (Jr., D); *Braden Conn (Jr., GK); Seth Lonsway (Soph., D); Brennen Piper (Soph., F/MF); Garrett Weininger (Soph., MF); Luke Hone (Soph., D); Jarren Castro (Soph., F); Payton Smalley (Soph., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nick Marks (Sr., MF); Austin Hines (Soph., MF).

OVERVIEW: Celina returns seven starters and has players back throughout the field, including Conn in goal. Establishing a consistent offense will be the key, but the Bulldogs have veterans Hoyng and Castro.

TEAM: DEFIANCE

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Eric Burns

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3, NA

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 2-15 (2-9 WBL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Jimmy Bauer (Sr., F/MF/D); Kyle Lacey (Sr., D); Ricky Scheffel (Sr., MF/F); Marcus Schimmizzi (Sr., D); Conner Vance (Sr., MF); Jorge Aguilera (Jr., MF); Steven Baldridge (Jr., MF); Joey Garcia (Jr., MF); Devin Leitner (Jr., MF); John Wall (Jr., D); Warren Wall (Jr., F); Tony Steyer (Jr., D); Michael Rankin (Soph., F).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Yzeric Barnhart (Jr., GK/F); Dallas Salazer (Sr., GK/F).

OVERVIEW: Defiance has 13 players returning, including second team all-WBL midfielder Scheffel. That should be enough for the Bulldogs to show improvement. There are key positions which need to be filled including goalkeeper.

TEAM: ELIDA

DIVISION: II

COACH: Tom Thomas

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 12, NA

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 12-5-2 (5-2-2 WBL) (district finals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Garrett Brinkman (Sr., GK); *Shawn Ezell (Sr., D); *Kyle Finnerty (Jr., MF); *Jerod Houston (Sr., F); *Gaerid Littler (Jr., F); *Adam Ordel (Sr., MF); *Dalton Reichart (Jr., MF); *Nathan Stewart (Jr., D); Chase Watson (Sr., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Gunner Braun (Jr., MF); Matt Cellar (Soph., D); Oliver Fessler (Jr., MF); Matt Graymire (Jr., F); Austin Morrison (Jr., F); Ethan Schaefer (Sr., D).

OVERVIEW: The Bulldogs return eight starters, including forwards Houston and Littler and Brinkman in goal. Elida has the veterans to make another run in the WBL and in the tournament.

TEAM: KENTON

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Jamie Bartlett

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 14, NA

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 6-10 (3-6 WBL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Brandon Hottman (Sr., MF/F); Dylan Castle (Sr., F); Tyler Weis (Sr., D); Mason Adams (Sr., D); Nic Audette (Jr., MF); Luis Villa (Jr., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Will Hoppe (Jr., GK); Lane Shirk (Soph., MF); Hayden Sherman (Soph., D); Dustin Edler (Jr., MF); Scott Bailey (Sr., D); Enrique Mendez (Fr., MF); Nic Castle (Sr., F); Dustin Shope Howard (Jr., D); Blake Espinoza (Soph., F).

OVERVIEW: Graduation took the core of last year’s team, so a number of inexperienced players will be dropped into the lineup. The key will be how quickly they jell with the six lettermen.

TEAM: OTTAWA-GLANDORF

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Mike Weihrauch

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 18, 218-67-46

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 2-11-4 (2-6-1 WBL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Jacob Ellerbrock (Sr., GK); Jordan Verhoff (Jr., F); Brad Croy (Sr., MF); Mitch Niese (Sr., F/MF); Trevor Ellerbrock (Sr., MF); Nick Schroeder (Sr., MF); Luke Schaub (Sr., D); John Schroeder (Sr., D); Brent Ellerbrock (Sr., D); Brandon Hempfling (Sr., MF); Grant Weihrauch (Sr., MF); Max Laubenthal (Jr., D/GK); Austin Schroeder (Jr., D); Noah Bramlage (Sr., MF); Daniel Ketner (Sr., D); Austin Williams (Jr., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Tory Schroeder (Jr., F); Trenton Meyer (Jr., D/GK); Jesse Siefker (Jr., MF); Connor Koch (Jr., D).

OVERVIEW: The Titans had a rare losing year under 218-win coach Mike Weihrauch. With 16 lettermen back, the Titans should once again be heading in the right direction. O-G will rely on its speed. Injuries forced a number of young players to see time last year and the hope is their time on the field will pay dividends in a rebound year.

TEAM: SHAWNEE

DIVISION: II

COACH: Ryan Quatman

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 8-6-2 (district semifinals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Lance Brown (Sr., MF); *Jack O’Connor (Soph., MF); Chase Wilder (Sr., MF); Matt Dailey (Sr., MF); Tanner Mayer (Sr., D); Jon Andrews (Jr., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Logan Spieles (Sr., GK); Alex Lehman (Sr., MF); Nick Hoffman (Jr., MF/D).

OVERVIEW: Dick Hagen won 330 games over his 28-year career at Shawnee. Now former Shawnee standout midfielder Ryan Quatman takes over the program. Quatman, who had been an assistant and a player under Hagen, has only two returning starters. The good news is the Indians will return five players who saw action in the midfield. The possession game in the midfield will be in the key as Quatman works in the younger players. Quatman will strive for offensive creativity.

TEAM: VAN WERT

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Matt Hernandez

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 1-15

RETURNING LETTERMEN: 10 (No names provided)

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: No names provided

OVERVIEW: Defense will be the team’s strength. The Cougars have 10 veterans as they attempt to turn the corner after a 1-15 year.

WESTERN OHIO SOCCER LEAGUE

TEAM: LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC

DIVISION: III

COACH: Garry Tabler

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 15-4-1 (district finals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Ryan Recker (Sr., D); *Jake Tabler (Sr., MF/F); *Joseph Eisele (Jr., D); Luke Buettner (Sr., D); Garrett Thomas (Sr., MF/F); Bryce Halker (Jr., D); Troy Hile (Jr., MF/F); Mitchell Hoffman (Jr., MF/F); Kyle Smith (Jr., GK); Nic Keller (Soph., MF/F); Jimmy Kutka (Soph., MF/F); Cole Odom (Soph., MF/F); Kory Robinson (Soph., D); Steven Taflinger (Soph., MF/F).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Chase Hoge (Soph., D); Ben Brinkman (Fr., D); Skylar Corso (Fr., GK/MF/F); Connor Knippen (Fr., D); Matt Rohan (Fr., MF/F).

OVERVIEW: First-year coach Garry Tabler takes over for Bryan Burkholder, who led the T-Birds to the district finals last year. Tabler inherits a roster with only only three returning starters and two of those are defenders. The defense will be a strength, with the core of the defenders back from a team that gave up only 12 goals last year. The key will be filling numerous spots on offense, from the midfield to the forwards.

TEAM: LINCOLNVIEW

DIVISION: III

COACH: Britt Munson

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3, NA

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 2-11-2

RETURNING LETTERMEN: No names provided.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: No names provided.

OVERVIEW: The Lancers will look to build on last year.

TEAM: SPENCERVILLE

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Andy Wisher

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 1-14-3

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Byron Gay (Sr., GK/MF); *Billie Sidey (Jr., MF/D); *Austin Rex (Jr., MF/D); *Cole Ward (Jr., D/GK); *David Wisher (Jr., F/D); Noah Schweizer (Jr., D); Riley Klaus (Jr., D); *Bailey Croft (Soph., MF/D); *Griffin Croft (Soph., F/MF); *Chandler Kahle (Soph., F); *Thad Ringwald (Soph., D/MF); *Trevor Osting (Soph., D); J.T. Thiery (Soph., D/F).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jaret Montenery (Fr., F); Alexis Wolfe (Fr., MF/F).

OVERVIEW: The Bearcats return 10 starters so there should be better things to come this season under first-year coach Andy Wisher. They hope to take advantage of their team speed.

TEAM: TEMPLE CHRISTIAN

DIVISION: III

COACH: B.J. McPherson

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3, 10-36-2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 5-12

RETURNING LETTERMEN (returning starters): *Seth Lugibihl (Sr., D); Jaden Sweeney (Sr., MF); Lucas Wafzig (Sr., MF); Joey Hutchison (Jr., MF); Christian Engle (Jr., F); D.J. Clay (Soph., GK); Rylan Ward (Soph., D); Judah Whitman (Soph., MF); Taran Zwiebel (Soph., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Cameron Worsham (Fr., F); Levi Shenk (Fr., D); Ethan Deleon (Fr., D); Seth Ward (Fr., MF); Gabe Dillalo (Fr., MF); Paul Holloway (Fr., D).

OVERVIEW: The Pioneers return eight starters, as they look to creep back near or over the .500 mark. Clay returns in goal, where he started as a freshman. The Pioneers will count on their passing game and hope to improve their defense and their ability to score.

NORTHWEST CONFERENCE

TEAM: ALLEN EAST

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Jason Hoehn

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year for Allen East soccer

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: No names provided

OVERVIEW: Jason Hoehn is in charge for the first year of Allen East boys soccer. Hoehn likes his team’s passion for the game. The team is hoping to jell as the year goes on, as they take on the challenges of a first-year program.

TEAM: BLUFFTON

DIVISION: III

COACH: Steve Smucker

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First year

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 11-4-1 (district semifinals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Adam Wannamacher (Jr., MF); Adam Basinger (Sr., D); *Tucker Routson (Jr., D); *Cole Harlow (Jr., MF); *Joe Shriner (Jr., GK).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Mateo Bonifaz (Sr., D); Josh Begg (Soph., MF); Phillip Tatarkov (Soph., MF); Eli Bourassa (Soph., MF).

OVERVIEW: The Pirates have only four returning starters, but one is goalkeeper Shriner. The forwards will have a new look. The Pirates will lean on their keeper and two veteran defenders to keep the success rolling.

PUTNAM COUNTY LEAGUE

TEAM: CONTINENTAL

DIVISION: III

COACH: Brian Stegbauer

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 4, 30-22-5

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 10-7-1 (district semifinals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Zach Schwarzman (Sr., F); *Gabe Williams (Sr., MF); *Caleb Baker (Sr., MF); *Ross Etter (Sr., GK, D); *Joey Swager (Sr., MF); *Derek Troyer (Sr., F); Ty Warnement (Jr., D); *Jacob Williams (Soph., D); Trevor Williamson (Soph., GK/F).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: No names provided.

OVERVIEW: The Pirates return seven starters from a district semifinal team. Goalkeeper Etter is back. The Pirates will continue to apply pressure on the opposing defenses. The key will be getting back on defense.

TEAM: FORT JENNINGS

DIVISION: III

COACH: Gregg Luthman

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 6, 22-26-3

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 8-7-1 (2-2 PCL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Austin Kehres (Sr., D); *Connor Wallenhorst (Sr., D); Austin Wisner (Jr., MF/F); Ryan Koester (Sr., GK); Chad Wurst (Sr. D/MF); *Kyle Maag (Soph., SWP/MF); *Mark Metzger (Sr., MF/F); *Alex Berelsman (Jr., MF); *Troy Ricker (Soph., MF/F); Evan Ricker (Sr., MF); *Aaron Neidert (Jr., SWP/D)

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: No names provided.

OVERVIEW: The Musketeers hope to be in the running for the PCL with a core nucleus back, including all-PCL performers Berelsman and Metzger.

TEAM: KALIDA

DIVISION: III

COACH: Mark Czubik

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 25, 339-83-55

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 15-3-3 (3-0-1 PCL) (regional finals)

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Brent Hovest (Sr., GK); Devin Kortokrax (Sr., MF); Luke Langhals (Sr., MF); Logan Roebke (Sr., D); Derrick Schimmoeller (Sr., F); Michael Schroeder (Sr., F); Ryan Siefker (Sr., MF); Drew Hovest (Jr., D); Jordan Kortokrax (Jr., D); Nathan Meyers (Jr., MF); Kaleb Selhorst (Jr., MF); Austin Swift (Jr., F); Grant Unverferth (Jr., F); Brandon Verhoff (Jr., MF); Alex VonderEmbse (Jr., D); Nathan Vorst (Jr., D); Trey Webken (Jr., MF).

OVERVIEW: Kalida returns 17 lettermen from a team that advanced to the regional finals last year. There’s plenty of experience on defense from a team that posted seven shutouts. There’s also a veteran goalkeeper in Hovest. The Wildcats did graduate their two leading scorers. It should one more strong season for veteran coach Mark Czubik.

TEAM: OTTOVILLE

DIVISION: III

COACH: Eric Gerker

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 8, 94-29-7

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 11-4-2 (1-2-1 PCL)

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Colin Bendele (Sr., GK/F); Brandt Landin (Sr., MF); Austin Honigford (Sr., F/D); Joe Van Oss (Sr. F/D); Joel Beining (Sr., MF); Jared Fanning (Jr., F); Drew Williams (Jr., F./MF); Rudy Wenzlick (Jr., D); Emitt German (Soph., D/MF); Connor Kuhlman (Soph., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Alex Krouskop (Soph., GK/D); Brendan Siefker (Fr., MF/F); Nick Moorman (Fr., D/MF); Derek Kemper (Fr., D); Logan Kemper (Fr., F); Connor Fanning (Fr., F/MF); Zane Martin (Fr., MF); Josh Sarka (Fr. MF); Evan Boecker (Fr., F); Troy Warnecke (Fr., D); Jon Knippen (Fr., GK/D).

OVERVIEW: A total of 10 veterans, seven of which started, are back from last year’s 11-4-2 team. The entire defense returns, including all-district goalkeeper Bendele. The offense needs to replace last year’s captain Alex Horstman and Lucas Maag. The Big Green will rely heavily on their defense until the offense jells.

REGION

TEAM: INDIAN LAKE

DIVISION: II

COACH: Jon Shoffstall

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 7, 39-58-7

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 10-7

RETURNING LETTERMEN (*returning starters): *Tyler Rode (Sr., GK); *Andrew Crockett (Sr., D); *Zach Allison (Sr., MF); *Dustin Roby (Sr., F); *Michael Mallory (Jr., D/MF); *Connor Davis (Jr., F); Cody Beair (Jr., F/MF); *Dalton Faler (Soph., D); *Parker Grothaus (Soph., MF).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Dylan Albright (Soph., MF); Mitch Schwieterman (Soph., MF); Nick Vance (Fr., MF); Xander Vance (Fr., D).

OVERVIEW: Indian Lake returns eight starters, including goalkeeper Rode. Its possession game has improved and it will continue to work on finishing at the net.

TEAM: LIMA SENIOR

DIVISION: NA

COACH: Mitchell Monfort

YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 6, 21-79-3

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 7-9-1

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Alex Ehora (Sr.); Taylor Mericle (Sr.); Levi Quintero (Sr.); Will Jolliff (Sr.); Hunter Vermillion (Sr.); Jayden Weltmer (Jr.); Caleb Grundisch (Soph.); Nick Shauf (Soph.); Antrell Blissett (Soph.); Luis Mendez (Soph.).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Colton Fry (Fr.).

OVERVIEW: The Spartans return a solid nucleus of players. The goal is to build on last year and climb over the .500 mark to a winning record. The Spartans are adjusting well to their new system of play.

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